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There are various well-known methods to bend wood: steam bending, bent lamination and kerf bending. Kerf bending might be the most accessible of these techniques but it usually doesn’t look too good. When done with a table saw, unsightly cuts in the wood remain visible in the side view. With a tapered router bit, however, the cuts that allow the wood to bend almost disappear. I wanted to experiment with this technique for a while and finally got around to it. For a start, I use an off-cut of 24mm plywood and make a simple shelf that bends twice, once over itself and a second time around a corner in a wall. This is a combination I have not seen yet: kerf bending combined with a 3 dimensional bend. Plywood is certainly not the most beautiful material for a piece of furniture but for a test it is perfect: it…

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